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  1. #1
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    If new HVAC equipment, in this case a heat pump and air handler, are installed in a home with ductwork that doesn't comply with current code, would you expect that the ductwork would also have to be upgraded? In this case, a townhome in a 30 year old development has the central return located on the wall above the range in the kitchen. The president of the Home Owners Association said "they're all like that", and no doubt they are. Also, I'd be interested if anyone knows whether having the return in the kitchen was a no-no 30 years ago?

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    Around here (Nebraska) its not against code to have a return in the kitchen. Just not a good idea. It will pick up cooking smells and send them through the house. We have one builder that insists on return in the kitchen because it looks ugly on the living room wall.
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    Originally posted by m kilgore
    Around here (Nebraska) its not against code to have a return in the kitchen. Just not a good idea. It will pick up cooking smells and send them through the house. We have one builder that insists on return in the kitchen because it looks ugly on the living room wall.
    Hmmmm that builder might want to check IRC M1602.1 Which covers prohibited sources which include kitchens for forced-air heating or cooling systems.
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    If your going to replace the ducting and up grade it with the minimum R-value, I would suggest that you find a contractor that is capable of providing a Manual J heatload and Manual D ducting sizing and do it right.

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    Still interested in a response to my question: Is the ductwork usually required to be brought "up to code" when, in this case, the heat pump and air handler are replaced? No doubt this varies by locality, but has anyone run into this?

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    You would need to check ,your state and local code,as this issue will vary around the country.


    In our area,only if improvements,addition,restoration,etc.,exceed 50% of the value,over a five year period.And even then they might let return location be "overlooked",but not electrical,and life safety codes.

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